Saturday, 6 December 2014

My Time to Craft Challenge #270 Christmas ATC

Morning, all! I hope you're all keeping well. I am at the stage of Christmas preparation where I'm like a swan - you know, all calm gliding across the surface of the water, but underneath paddling away like mad!! Or is it just me that feels like that at this time of the year?????

We have a new Challenge at My Time to Craft and I gotta confess, it's a new one for me. Our theme is to make a Christmas ATC

ATC stands for Artists' Trading Card. If you or your kids have ever traded Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon cards, you'll have an inkling of what this is about. An ATC is a small work of art (2.5 x 3.5 inches) that is made to be exchanged with other artists. I've had a look at several videos on Youtube, and many of the ATC creations are just amazing! It's like the crafting equivalent of miniature paintings on ivory!

Techniques seem to be important in ATCs, so for my background I blended shades of Distress Inks (Chipped Sapphire and Broken China) and then splattered water over the card by spraying my hand and shaking the drops over the paint. I blotted up the excess with a paper towel to leave faded patches. (I love working with DIs this way, I should do it more often!)

The Santa image is die-cut with a Spellbinders circle die. He is from a set of 12 x 12 papers by. and his hat was already glittered. He looks so 1950s! I cut the words with a Memory Box classic lower case alphabet set in holographic silver paper. The sequins are from stash, I've had them forever and I don't know where they are from! (Story of my life, really.....)

I am so pleased with this ATC! I actually found it quite hard to create something so small: go and see what my teamies have made at My Time to Craft, they inspired me and I'm sure they'll inspire you!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Sheila said...

Love your description of how you are feeling! I feel exactly the same right now. List of to dos getting longer each day but never gets done ha ha. Lovely atc tho don't actually know what they are :( sorry pls enlighten me Mags x

Hlora said...

it is so cute!!!

Danielle Vincent said...

EEEkkk Mags - this is AWESOME. Love the texture you've achieved on this and that darling Santa in the corner. Wonderful. If it should happen to find it's way to me in the mail I wouldn't be sad at all :o) Hugs D

Lynne in NI said...

This is lovely Mags! I've never made an ATC so I'll have to give it a go :)

Ann said...

Love the technique for the background, Mags. The vintage Santa is just perfect!

Brenda said...

Hi Mags! I guess our tastes are pretty similar at least with regard to this your card!

Pat said...

Great ATC Mags, love the colour and the Santa image.

Pat xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Love your ATC hun, those sequins finish him off perfectly!
Hugs Shell xx